Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Behold! Your King Cometh!

9 “ Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.’ (Zechariah 9:9-10)

Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. There will be no peace in the Middle East, for instance, until the inhabitants (both Jew and Moslem) say, "Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord" (Matthew 23:38-39). Jesus Christ is the King of Kings. His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and His Kingdom rule extends across all nations and all time. As King of heaven and earth, Jesus is the Law-giver:

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen (Matthew 28:18-20).

Jesus Christ is the faithful servant. Though God of very God, Jesus took on the form of man; though King of all kings, Jesus took on the form of a servant; and as a servant, He obeyed His Father's commandments even to death on the cross (Philippians 2:7-9). Jesus announced His kingdom rule by arriving at His coronation ceremony on a donkey (Matthew 21:1-11). He exemplified His own words, when He said:

24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves. 28 “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. 29 And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Luke 22:24-30; see also Matthew 18:1-5; Matthew 23:9-12; Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48).

The Kingdom of God will be given to a nation producing the fruit of it (Matthew 21:43). The fruit of the kingdom will be delievered by kingdom rulership amongst the nations of the earth, through servant leaders who know how to be peacemakers; reconciling men to their God, and men to their fellow man, "in Christ Jesus" (2 Corinthians 15:17-19).

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